Facebook post from Jens Rosencrantz, owner of the Cincinnati Wine
Garage: "One advantage of having a poor inventory system in the cellar,
is that you get surprised by a case that you entirely forgot about. 2004
Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. Wonderful."
speaks for itself:
From a friend of the wine
buyer for Whole Foods Columbus who owns a restaurant in Colorado and
imports wine from the Languedoc.
"My dear friend
Last week Janie and I were in Languedoc doing our blends. Every year my
producers put on a lunch for us and everyone brings a wine to serve blind.
So I brought over a bottle of the delicious 2007 Cab Franc you sent me.
Everyone guessed classified Bordeaux including a British MW who was
present. It was superb. Please tell them the French love their wine!!!"
from Barrel Tasting:
to all of you who made the drive to Kinkead Ridge for our annual barrel
tasting. Special thanks to those who voted and commented on the wines. As
always, the tasting was a learning opportunity and it gave me some insight
into what to do with the difficult 2009 vintage.
The Cabernet Franc was a bigger hit than
expected so we will release it separately with perhaps a barrel or two of
the Cabernet Sauvignon blend to add structure. The second red wine with
the addition of some Cabernet Franc would then become a Revelation like
blend; perhaps with a new "fanciful" name (suggestions welcome.) Both will
be our second label River Village Cellars.
Photos from November 27 Annual
2008 Cabernet Franc
Wins Coveted Jefferson Cup
The Jefferson Cup Wine Invitational is over and judges
tasted over 600 wines. Wines are by invitation only, this is not a
typical paid competition where wineries pay a fee to enter. They selected 70 of the very best as contenders
for the top 20 winners (6 from CA, 14 other states). Only 4 of these 14
winners are vinifera, 2 winners from Ohio and we are the only vinifera
winner from Ohio.
Kinkead Ridge in the Top Five of the
Ohio/Michigan Wine Clash Competition
Winner: 2008 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet
American Wine Society Competition Results
Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver Plus; Kinkead Ridge
Winery Cabernet Franc: Silver. Both of these wines were judged in
October after only a few months in bottle. Many of the gold medal wines
at this event were from vintages from 2007 or earlier, so this was a
Ridge and Ravenhurst, the only two Ohio wineries featured in Opus Vino. Written by a
new generation of wine critics with up- to-date, in-depth knowledge of
the different wine regions, the wineries and their wines, Opus Vino
provides greater coverage to the wine world than any other illustrated
wine book. Organized by country, and then broken down into regions,
districts, and wineries, the book looks at more than 4,500 individual
wineries, identifies each region's top producers and its rising stars,
and entries cover the owner, grapes, wine styles, and their best wines.
At 800 pages, Opus Vino takes wine publishing to new heights and gives
both professionals and amateur enthusiasts a wine reference fit for the
21st century. Available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia in November,
with international editions to follow next year. Click here for details.
Click below for access to
six regional tours of Ohio wineries. Visitors can download turn-by-turn
directions to their : Garmin, TomTom, Smartphone, PDA, iPod or any MP3
player. Also included is a brief description of each winery, along with
contact information and hours of operation.
We are often asked about food and wine pairings. This is a great site to
browse, Natalie MacLean's
"Why go for those long distance relationships when you can find love
in your own back yard."
Brillat Savarin noted two features which
distinguish man from beast:
1. Fear of the future.
2. Desire for fermented liquors.
When I wrote the wine label text for this year's releases, I found this HILARIOUS web site to generate silly tasting notes.
the bottom of the page, select Make a New Note, and generate text
like these. Have fun!
Rounded but equally over-oaked Merlot. Forcefully bites you with
hair-spray, morally superior slim jims and traces of orange jello. Drink now through 2011.
Ready to drink and overdone Syrah. Essences of prune, acidic
monster carrot and scant clay. Drink now through whenever the cows
Intense but lackluster Cabernet. Reminiscent of peach-pit, arcane
seedless watermelon and dainty beef. Drink now through 2012.
Creepy and whimsical Rose. Starts with pear, limp bourbon and
semi-weak toast. Drink now through April.
Rich and smokey almost unripe Gamay. Detectable toast, middle-aged
lime and corpulent juniper. Drink now through never.
Words on Wine:
Famous quotes throughout history about wine. Click
night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to
"I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine
and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."
She got up, unplugged the TV, and threw out my wine.
She's such a bitch.
riding on a beautiful white horse.
On your left side is a drop off.
On your right side are several ostriches being chased by a lion.
In front of you are four large gazelles that won't get out of your way
and you can't seem to overtake them.
Behind you is a stampede of horses.
What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round.
Bottle of Merlot
A man asked a waiter to take a bottle of
Merlot to an unusually attractive woman
sitting alone at a table in a cozy little
So the waiter took the Merlot to the woman
and said, 'This is from the gentleman who is
seated over there.'.... and indicated the
sender with a nod of his head.
She stared at the wine coolly for a few
seconds, not looking at the man, then
decided to send a reply to him by a note..
The waiter, who was lingering nearby for a
response, took the note from her and
conveyed it to the gentleman.
The note read: 'For me to accept this
bottle, you need to have a Mercedes in your
garage, a million dollars in the bank and
'7' inches in your pants'.
After reading the note, the man decided to
compose one of his own in return. He folded
the note, handed it to the waiter and
instructed him to deliver it to the lady.
'Just to let you know things aren't always
what they appear to be, I have a Ferrari
Maranello, BMW Z8, Mercedes CL600, and a
Porsche Turbo in my several garages; I have
beautiful homes in Aspen and Miami , and a
10,000 acre ranch in Louisiana . There is
over twenty million dollars in my bank
account and portfolio. But, not even for a
woman as beautiful as you, would I cut off
three inches. Just send the bottle back'
For women only:
What A Real Man
A real man is a woman's best friend. He will
never stand her up and never let her down.
He will reassure her when she feels insecure
and comfort her after a bad day.
He will inspire her to do things she never
thought she could do; to live without fear
and forget regret. He will enable her to
express her deepest emotions and give in to
her most intimate desires.
He will make sure she always feels as though
she's the most beautiful woman in the
room and will enable her to be the most
confident, sexy, seductive, and invincible……
No wait... sorry... I'm thinking of wine.
That's what wine does...
when I reflect back on all the wine I drink
I feel shame. Then
I look into the glass and think
about the workers in the vineyards and all
of their hopes
and dreams If I didn't drink this wine, they
might be out
of work and their dreams would be shattered.
Then I say
to myself, "It is better that I drink
this wine and let their
dreams come true than be selfish and worry
about my liver."
~ Jack Handy